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AccessATE: Accessibility for Community College Technician Education

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Project Name
AccessATE (Advanced Technological Education): Making Community College Technician Education More Accessible for Everyone


The National Science Foundation’s ATE program operates throughout community and technical colleges across the USA and is responsible for research on STEM technician education and building the capacity of the STEM technician workforce.

The AccessATE project goal is to support the ATE community and provide grantees with the tools and knowledge to increase the accessibility and usability of their resources and activities. CAST will be providing technical assistance on accessibility and Universal Design for Learning to ATE Centers and ATE research grants.

The three goals of the project are to:

By partnering with CAST, ATE grantees will receive hands-on assistance in creating accessible and universally designed curricula to address the wide variety of learners who will be accessing these courses. The follow-up case studies will highlight before and after examples, interviews, photos, and usage scenarios, as well as accompanying resources and materials. Selected case stories will be featured on the project website.

ATE grantees who choose to partner with CAST may select from several different supported areas to apply Universal Design for Learning practices including:

Participating ATE grantees will engage with CAST for 4-6 virtual learning sessions as well as one session at the ATE PI meeting to develop and integrate UDL principles into the ATE curricula design and implementation process.


2018 – 2022


National Science Foundation (NSF)


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National Center for Accessible Media

Project Leadership

Rachael Bower, University of Wisconsin-Madison, PI
Donna Lange, DeafTEC, Co-PI
Edward Almasy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Co-PI
Sam Catherine Johnston, CAST, Co-PI
Rory Cooper, HERL, Co-PI


For more information about this project, please email

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